31/7/2019 - 5th World Forum on Local Economic Development
31/7/2019 - London to become first ‘National Park City.’
30/7/2019 - CIVITAS Forum 2019: Draft programme is out!
30/7/2019 - Smart Cities Conference 2019
30/7/2019 - Lessons on capacity building for city makers
29/7/2019 - 2019 Smart Cities Summit Event Brochure
29/7/2019 - ITS4Climate Congress - Discover the speakers !
29/7/2019 - Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay Per Mile?29/7/2019 - The Innisfil experiment: the town that replaced public transit with Uber
26/7/2019 - City Lab #3 Integrated Approaches
26/7/2019 - What are the Challenges for Smart Cities?
26/7/2019 - Should a Private Tech Giant Be Designing Cities?
25/7/2019 - The Future of the City Is Childless
24/7/2019 - CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019
24/7/2019 - The Environmental Benefits of Floating Cities
23/7/2019 - EUROCITIES 2019 Prague - Cities at a crossroads
23/7/2019 - Ministry of cities RIP
22/7/2019 - JRC publishes report on the Future of Cities
19/7/2019 - Join the "Bridge for Cities 4.0" conference
18/7/2019 - 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
17/7/2019 - Micromobility Europe
16/7/2019 - SGN Webinar on Wed. July 17: Coding for Communities
15/7/2019 - 2019 Polis Conference: Registrations open & Programme online!
12/7/2019 - Join the ITS4Climate Community in Bordeaux
11/7/2019 - Smart and Sustainable City Planning event
10/7/2019 - Smart to Future Cities - post show report live
9/7/2019 - Cities of Making final event with a focus on urban manufacturing
8/7/2019 - Autonomy 2019 Passes are on sale!
5/7/2019 - CEMR Congress - Innsbruck 2020
5/7/2019 - Join Get Our Cities Moving at AUTONOMY 2019
5/7/2019 - Cities Are Surprisingly Fragile
4/7/2019 - C40 World Mayors Summit
3/7/2019 - European Days of Local Solidarity
The LED Forum is a biennial event which aims to provide a platform for exchanges and debates in order to build more inclusive and sustainable cities, and examine the role of local and regional communities to achieve this objective. Previous editions took place in Seville (2011), Foz do Iguaçu (2013) Turin (2015) and Praia (2017).The Forum constitute a platform for dialogue on key issues such as poverty eradication, employment and decent work, sustainable entrepreneurship, multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the involvement of civil society, workers’ and employers’ organizations. It will analyse how the LED approach stands out as an operational and strategic approach to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.
On October 8, during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, the first three projects in the Horizon2020 funded Smart City Lighthouse Programme, REMOURBAN, Triangulum and GrowSmarter, will present their key findings at a joint event in Brussels.
Africa is rural. Or that’s what senior Western officials envision when they talk about the continent. America’s top diplomat for the region, Tibor Nagy, recently said that Africa is “by and large an agricultural society.” He isn’t alone: Germany’s recent Marshall Plan with Africainsists that “rural areas will determine Africa’s future.”
This is wrong. Dangerously wrong.
On Monday London will be officially confirmed as the world’s first National Park City. Saturday kicks off a free, eight-day festival celebrating the city’s outdoor spaces. Along with the Mayor of London, organizations and individuals will sign a London National Park City Charter demonstrating their support for making the city greener, healthier, and wilder.https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/london-national-park-city/
This year, the CIVITAS Forum will take place in Graz, Austria from 2-4 October 2019. Stakeholders in the transport sector will spend three full days discussing on the latest mobility topics such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), ITS and cycling, disruptive technologies and more.
The idea of smart cities is not new. The accelerated development of technology, globalization and the concern for sustainable development has in recent years contributed to the emergence of many of these smart cities around the world (e.g. Singapore, Barcelona, Oslo, London). As we can see these are mostly large metropolitan cities that have employed different solutions and technologies to become smarter.
However, the majority of cities/towns in Central and Eastern Europe are smaller in size and therefore have different issues and challenges.
URBACT aims to build the capacity of cities to work in a more integrated and participatory way through networks, through exchange and learning as well as through the action planning, implementation and transfer processes. URBACT also provides tools and delivers customised training events to support ongoing networks in their learning journey.
In this context, between April and June this year, a series of bespoke 2-day workshops called URBACT Campus were rolled out. The aim? To guide the Good Practice and Transfer Cities in ongoing networks by providing practical knowledge and the chance to experiment with new working methods.
National governments must step in to help towns and cities finance the green infrastructure revolution, argue Sarah Colenbrander and Denise Chan
There is a desperate demand for investment in urban infrastructure. At least a billion city dwellers worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, decent housing or reliable electricity. Plus the global urban population is projected to grow by a further 2.5 billion people in the next thirty years, all of whom will need shelter and services.
The 2019 Smart Cities Summit Event Brochure is now available to download.
Get the inside scoop on the latest event updates, speaker lineup, agenda, co-located events, pricing, special discounts, and see what makes this year's conference stand out from the rest.
Backed by over 600 key players from global enterprises, city leaders and technology professionals, Smart Cities Summit will empower cities for resilient, sustainable and digital futures.
Led by TOPOS – Digital Aquitaine, this first congress on ITS and climate takes part of the ITS4Climate initiative launched during the 21st Conference of the Parties in 2015.
COP 21 was a key milestone in the history of global climate change policy. An ambitious goal was agreed – to hold the increase of global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1,5°C.
However, three years later, the key message coming from COP 24 (December 2018, Katowice) was that global emissions have now increased to their highest level ever (2.7% global increase in 2018).
Urgent actions are required globally – in the next 12 years – in order to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Smart mobility solutions and services can deliver major impacts towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport & mobility sector. However, until now ITS deployment remains well below levels needed to achieve European and global targets.
Since EV drivers zip past gas taxes, they don’t contribute to the federal fund for road maintenance. A new working paper tries to determine whether plug-ins should pay up.
Ridership is high and there’s plenty of work for drivers, but success has come at a cost to this Ontario town
When Daniel Arrega, 19, heads to work at a mall in Innisfil, he has few options for his commute. Walking along the highway would take nearly three hours. A taxi is faster but expensive.
So he takes the town’s public transit: Uber.https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/16/the-innisfil-experiment-the-town-that-replaced-public-transit-with-uber
Register for the 16th International Conference on Urban Health by 9 August 2019 to take advantage of reduced early-booking fees.
Book your place now to network with experts from across sectors and disciplines - including more than 25 invited plenary speakers.
City Lab #3, focused on the principle of Integration, will take place in Warsaw immediately after the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum. This City Lab will link to the policy themes of the SAF, focusing on the principle of integration in urban policy, as well as how cities are effectively employing an integrated approach.
Half of the world’s population lived in cities in 2008: by 2050, the percentage of urban dwellers in the world will rise to 70%. In all cities, the energy demand will be multiplied by two, even though we must reduce CO2 emissions today to slow global warming. As they are and will be growing and meet new challenges, our cities will undoubtedly transform and become smarter. The stakes of this profound change are very diverse, and they concern all categories of population and all sectors.
Google’s sister company wants to build the city of the future on Toronto’s waterfront, raising concerns over privacy and the role of government.
Just one kilometer east of downtown Toronto, the largest civil engineering project in North America is reshaping the course of the Don River, a major waterway. “We’re extending the Don by about 2 kilometers,” says Cam Coleman, a communications director with the Canadian construction firm EllisDon. Once the project is complete, a canyon of caissons, drilled 40 to 80 meters into the bedrock and filled with concrete, will carry the river southward, through a largely vacant industrial area known as the Port Lands and out into Lake Ontario. The result will be a whole new set of neighborhoods -- 750 acres of waterfront property near the heart of a big city that is growing prodigiously.
From climate change to rapid urbanization, social inequity to failing infrastructure, there are a wide variety of risks that can compromise a city's ability to be competitive while also supporting the well-being of its residents.
Join the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m. Eastern August 14 for a webinar that looks at these challenges and identifies opportunities to design resilient and adaptable cities in the face of these growing threats.
During its General Assembly meeting held in Augsburg (DE) on 26 June 2019, Efus chose Nice (FR) as the host city of its 2020 “Security, Democracy and Cities” international conference. A key event in the network’s life, the conference will be dedicated to the exchange of practices, experience and knowledge on urban security.
With the aim of continuing inspiring and informing European neighbourhoods on sustainable mobility practices, the SUNRISE project has opened a call for application for cities in Europe to join the take-up city (TUC) Group.
A few years ago, I lived in a walkup apartment in the East Village of New York. Every so often descending the stairway, I would catch a glimpse of a particular family with young children in its Sisyphean attempts to reach the fourth floor. The mom would fold the stroller to the size of a boogie board, then drag it behind her with her right hand, while cradling the younger and typically crying child in the crook of her left arm.
The International Conference of Walking and Liveable Communities will be organised in Polis member Rotterdam from the 7th to the 10th of October 2019. Polis is participating with the contribution of our Secretary General Karen Vancluysen in a session about walking in MaaS. The result of the ISAAC project’s survey will be presented as well.
The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.
This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics will debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
How urban living can cap population growth and help conserve natural resources.
If you thought the world was crowded now, just wait. According to the United Nations’ latest projections of world population growth, released in June, the planet will add another 2 billion people over the next 30 years. By 2055, the global population will be teetering on the brink of 10 billion. By 2100, we’ll be looking at 10.9 billion humans — an increase of more than 3 billion people, roughly 40% growth over present-day levels.
A floating city on the water might sound like a science fiction idea, but these innovative city concepts could soon be making their way into our oceans.
In April 2019, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) discussed designing sustainable floating cities to help prepare for damage related to climate change. Alongside the Oceanix company, they unveiled a plan for a 10,000-resident floating city intended to house people whose existing communities are most susceptible to the threat of rising sea levels. The proposed city would not only be built on water but would also be designed from scratch to be climate-neutral and completely self-sustaining.
10 October 2019 Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union - rue Belliardstraat 60-62, 1040 Brussels
Polis-moderated event on Smart and Green Mobility at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union.
Battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are likely to dominate future mobility.
2019 is a year of transformation and renewal, at European level but also for cities. Where better to hold our annual conference than in Prague, where old meets new and the challenges of transforming a city can be directly experienced.
Prague has always been considered as a city at many crossroads. Today, leaders of all cities are looking to manage the transition to future fit, sustainable and inclusive cities and a Europe that reflects our societies. The EUROCITIES annual conference in Prague will reflect on the new political landscape at EU level, as well as the changing landscapes in our own cities. How can we retain genuine urban life within the historic cores of modern European cities, and how can we bring back city life and find new purpose for old municipal or industrial sites that no longer serve their original purposes? Sharing knowledge and experiences will be highly inspirational for participants from cities dealing with similar issues.
More than 300 European cities have now declared climate emergency* at a municipal level. Covenant signatories are at the heart of the movement, and many examples of climate emergency declarations can already be listed amongst the Covenant of Mayors Community.
Reacting to an increasing awareness about the risks faced by cities and communities, many cities have declared different forms of climates emergencies. Despite some criticism stating that they are not always translated into concrete climate action plans, these declarations are still a way to send a powerful message about a city’s ambition regarding climate action.
How an urbanist dream of fixing Brazil’s chaotic metropolises became a nightmare
Inside Maria Cleudimar da Silva’s flat, gospel music plays softly on the stereo, family photos and religious posters decorate the walls, and a wicker rocking chair and computer furnish the living room. The only evidence of her past life is a faded photo of the home she lived in for 11 years, a shack she called Noah’s Ark for its frequent floods.
The tide is changing. Thanks to grassroots campaigning, increasing numbers of local, regional and even national governments worldwide are now declaring the climate as a priority. Many other municipalities and regions have long taken climate change seriously and are already pursuing ambitious climate goals. For them, some of the most pressing questions revolve around how best to act on this all-encompassing issue when only parts of its root causes are under municipal control. Which local strategies can contribute to a liveable future, how can we implement them and what can we learn from global partnerships along the way? How do we realise necessary transitions in mobility and the built environment, how can we engage the public in our strategies and how do we adapt to the changes we cannot avoid?
Climate.Cities.Communities. explores the role of municipalities in climate action and the implementation of local strategies with the power to foster a good future for all. Join us in shaping our future!
Two days of creativity, best-practice exchange and unique encountersCoMotion LA 2019: Where Innovation, Policy and Business come together to design the future of urban mobilityCoMotion LA Leadership Conference (formerly known as LA CoMotion), taking place on November 14-15, 2019 will bring together global leaders of the mobility revolution. Reserved for policymakers and industry players from around the world, the event features curated discussions about how urban mobility is set to transform where and how we live, work, and play — and walk, bike and ride.
Creative industries have long held a special place in economic development. But recent discussions that I’ve been party to in relation to the industrial strategy have underlined to me how confused the thinking on the creative industries is. Here are three areas where this is particularly apparent.
This report identifies challenges influencing the future of cities in Europe and beyond, presenting several perspectives from which to look at resolving these issues. It is an initiative of the JRC and is supported by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). The main aim is to raise open questions and steer discussions on what the future of cities can, and should be, both within the scientific and policymaker communities.https://www.urenio.org/2019/06/24/jrc-report-future-of-cities/
Polis is proud to partner with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization for the event “Bridge for Cities 4.0”, which will explore the role of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in fostering urban innovation in cities along the Belt and Road and beyond.
Do you want to make your city a better, greener place to live and work? Join the speed-dating session for cities during the European Week of Regions and Cities on Tuesday 8 October 2019.
The term “smart city” has gained in popularity, but the label still conjures the use the technologies to solve operational problems. Rather, cities are complex and need intelligent, transformative and engaged efforts.
Digital commerce is exacting a very analog toll on the streets of Shanghai. According to the city’s Information Office, there were 324 traffic accidents -- and five deaths -- involving delivery drivers during the first half of 2019. China is the world’s biggest e-commerce market and more than 80% of those drivers were dropping off packages and meals for services such as Meituan Dianping and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Ele.Me. It’s a sign of how fast the market is expanding: For the whole of 2017, there were only 117 delivery-related accidents in the city.
With urbanization continuing at pace and a globalizing economy, metropolitan areas are morphing into megacities. How does scale become power and define new global roles for megacities? What can urban planning and development strategies do to promote liveability, well-being, sustainability, innovation and responsive governance for their dwellers? Come to Jakarta, one of the largest and fastest sinking cities in the world, to explore contemporary challenges that megacities face and solutions that work on the ground.
“Urban Complex Summit SEA 2019” will be held on August 15th -16th 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summit serves as an international platform for government officials, industry associations, real estate developers, architectural design institutes and technology suppliers to discuss the development ideas and long-term planning of global urban complexes, exchange intelligent and creative development trends of urban complex industry, share and explore the technical challenges involved in the construction and operation of urban complexes, so as to find the best business partners in the market.
London's climate in 2050 could be similar to Barcelona's current climate, with Madrid feeling more like Marrakesh and Seattle more like San Francisco
What are philanthropic donors thinking about urban resilience? It depends on your definition of urban resilience. Is it advocacy for stronger building codes? Support for preparedness, recovery or mitigation? Training and support of vulnerable populations? Or a combination of all these and many more?
We are glad to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions" and that the draft programme is online.
Early bird rates apply until 11 October 2019.
Economically, socially and technologically developed countries embed the concept of Smart City within their urban system with success and some problems (cyber-criminal, decreasing human dimension and appearance, etc). On the other hand, the less developed countries are faced with a growing number of queries: lack of technological know-how in local governance, lack of Smart City strategy, installing the old fashioned technologies with no argumented reason, growing number of people without proper knowledge, financial means and awareness to follow development of new technologies. Therefore, three questions will be analysed and discussed during the conference.
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, very few local leaders are working to anticipate the effects of self-driving cars. And though the arrival of these vehicles en masse could still be decades away, cities have a rare window of opportunity to write policies that tackle both the unwanted effects of AVs and other big civic challenges.
The City of Tampere, partner of the European project STARDUST, will be home to a new residential area in the Ilokkaanpuisto district. The peculiarity of this area is that energy will be provided by a photovoltaic power plant located 25 km away and owned by the local residents themselves. This concept, based on the so-called “remote energy production”, is new to both Finland and the rest of Europe.
Come to the ITS4C 2019 Congress to see how smart mobility and ITS can be effective tools against climate change.
The ITS4C 2019 Congress will showcase how smart transport and mobility solutions can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer effective tools for governments to meet their emission targets.
Transport and climate experts, ITS suppliers and service providers, business and government executives and stakeholders from Europe and beyond will gather to assess the role of ITS in the global strategy towards decarbonised transport.
This year’s EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research (17 May, Tianjin, PRC) focussed on exchanging and highlighting of current urban development in China and the requirements for sustainable and livable urbanization in the future.
Polis and H3B Media launched the 12th issue of the magazine Thinking Cities at the SUMP conference in Groningen last week. The issue’s cover topic is: “Finding balance in the thinking city”.
The latest issue of the Thinking Cities magazine, Finding balance in the thinking city, explores the constant balancing act that cities have to perform when it comes to modal shift and multimodality: indeed, to achieve a more sustainable transport system, the human factor, in addition to infrastructure and technology, has to get increasing attention, and policy makers must take in consideration the needs of the individual users, as well as societal and economic needs and the urban environment.
We are very proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.
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This new website is more intuitive, highlighting your local actions and the network’s political work in a much stronger way.
By definition, smart and sustainable planning for cities and regions strives for digital innovation and the adoption of disruptive and clean technologies, while contributing to long-term environmental protection, developing new value propositions and adding to social justice.
The 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “SMART AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING FOR CITIES AND REGIONS – SSPCR 2019” specifically wants to support the ‘transposition’ of research into practice and visionary approaches into (planning) policies and tools, to be applied by local authorities and decision-makers in an urban and regional context. SSPCR 2019 explores the impact of academic research, the scaling-up and replicability opportunities of pilot projects, and the added value of local bottom-up initiatives, in relation to complex challenges posed by the smart city/region approach.
The Conference will be held in Bolzano (Italy) from 9 to 13 December 2019 in the brand new technology park of South Tyrol “NOI TECHPARK”.
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Claim your exclusive free pass today for International Security Expo. Join over 13,500 colleagues and register for the only flagship event bringing Government, Industry, Academia and the entire end-user community in charge of regulation & procurement together under one roof.
Architects don’t usually like prefabricated solutions. But they concede there are upsides, and when time is of the essence, saving the planet becomes the priority
Practical or beautiful? The question doesn’t seem to be relevant when it comes to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency. Prefabricated solutions are considered to be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
When energy-saving measures are planned in social housing buildings, the environmental aim is combined with the scope of reducing inequality. In Zaragoza, Spain, a team of social workers is helping the tenants of a multi-family building to accept a challenging refurbishment
For the first time in 2019, Smart to Future Cities and Smart Transportation & Mobility ran side by side at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.
The conference was an incredibly successful 2 days of learning, open discussion, demonstrations, and networking. The events were attended by over 550 professionals from around the globe with 80% having the spending power to make buying decisions with cities, automakers, and mobility vendors.
Download the post-show report to get an in-depth analysis of attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and watch some of this year's leading keynote sessions.
CTBUH is pleased to announce the initial speakers for the CTBUH 10th World Congress, 50 Forward | 50 Back: The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities. These speakers represent a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the conference theme, and other hot topics in the industry.
In the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) Call, cities and civil society in Europe address urgent and long-term challenges by co-creating ideas and projects. On May 21, the 15 projects, funding agencies and stakeholders gathered at the Research Council of Norway, Oslo for a midterm event. The projects shared their first results in a speed presentation round followed by interactive workshops where they discussed ideas, common challenges and communication activities.
Dear You, responsible for the public transit in your area, this is a letter for you.
You probably have had a long and prosperous career already and you think you have seen it all. Or you might be a young talent with your head full of fresh ideas and eagerness to put them into action. One thing I’m certain of in both cases: There must be something special in you because you have been put into a position with great responsibility. Responsibility of not only making people’s everyday mobility smooth, but also to meet the sustainability goals which are getting more and more urgent, as you know.
Cities of Making is a European project exploring the topic of urban manufacturing and the question of what European cities should be making in the 21st century. On September 11, partners from Brussels, London and Rotterdam will showcase results of 2,5 years of work. Cities of Making is a project within the JPI Urban Europe's ERANET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) call. Additionally, the project is part of the Making Cities Work conference, a series of events aimed at contributing to new ways of thinking about the urban economy.
The 38 metropolitan indicators result from a pioneering comparative research on 61 Metropolis members and unleash new empirical insights, comparable across jurisdictions, about metropolitan realities across the world. They were presented at the international seminar “Metropolitan policies and indicators of social cohesion”, which took place in Barcelona last Thursday, June 27th .
Creating positive communities with sustainable urban growth.
In 2013, Seoul Metropolitan Government, in an effort to reshape the city with citizen participation, changed the direction of its urban policy from development to regeneration. The policy is designed to encourage active engagement and collaboration between the city administration and residents amid rapid socio-cultural change.
The 11 cities in the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (CMISE) have, with the support of Oxford University, just published comprehensive Guidance for Municipalities on how to respond to the presence of migrants with irregular status
The only thing hotter than the temperature are Autonomy 2019 Passes, now 30% off!
Autonomy 2019 is back for it's 4th edition and is bigger and better, with more innovative mobility solutions than ever before! To celebrate the opening of ticket sales, Autonomy is offering a 30% discount on Exhibition Passes, but this deal won't last forever! Grab your Passes today to experience the mobility of tomorrow, 16 - 17 October in Paris!
September 23-24, 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cities 4.0 Conference and Exhibition will be a platform for participants to gather and discuss on frameworks and strategies that help redesign businesses and cities as part of the USD 23 Trillion digital market, as well as to measure smart city and urban planning interrelation and identify the meeting points among them. This is an unparalleled platform to get inspired, learn, experience and get connected with the industry peers. Read more.
All indicators are trending towards continued growth in the global demand for mobility. The UN anticipates that the world population will increase from 7.8B to 9.7B in 2050. Urbanization is expected to reach 68% by 2050 vs. 55% today. The number of people who can afford a personal vehicle is constantly increasing. As a result, the global fleet of light vehicles is expected by some to grow from 1.2B today to 1.6B in 2040. Consequently, it is paramount to transform how we move people and goods in order to offer “more mobility with less impact,” as declared by Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin, at the Movin’On conference in early June in Montreal.
Homeowner or landlord? To convince people to have energy-saving renovations you need to know what they are really looking for
What would motivate you to renovate your house to make it more energy efficient? The cost? The legal framework? An environmental conscience? It also mostly depends on who you are, and if you actually live in your house or if you rent it.http://www.bresaer.eu/know-market-save-energy/
1 congress and 17 goals to change the world
Imagine: governments, business, associations and citizens, all striving to achieve 17 global goals to transform society by 2030: “Sustainable Development Goals”. Is that a dream, utopia, or reality?
Probably all three at once. One thing is certain: since 2016, when the SDGs were adopted, mayors and local stakeholders have shown day after day how towns and regions are essential for the success of these goals. They translate the aspirations of this global agenda into a model for local progress. However, although the implementation of the SDGs is advancing at a good pace, the clock is ticking.
The one-day event will take place at Autonomy in Paris on 17 October 2019 at the iconic Grande Halle de la Villette.
The one-day event Get Our Cities Moving, co-organised by Polis and Autonomy, will connect high-level decision-makers from local authorities with leading mobility innovators to reflect on cities’ mobility challenges and the innovative solutions that can help solve them.
Congestion, rising housing prices, rising cost of living and increased homelessness are all stressors—but so-called social compacts can help
A recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit highlights the increasing fragility that urbanization can bring.
There were about 425,000 electric buses in service in the world’s cities last year. Almost all—99 percent of them—were in China. The booming industrial city of Shenzhen, in particular, is one of only a few cities to have fully electrified its fleet. The rest of the globe, meanwhile, is racing to catch up, and falling further behind.
The C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen will build a global coalition of leading cities, businesses and citizens that rallies around the radical and ambitious climate action our planet needs.
The Summit will showcase examples of how cities are already delivering on their strong commitments and accelerate the bold climate solutions needed for a sustainable, healthier, resilient and inclusive future.
On 26 June Eurocities hosted an ‘Imagine the urban future’ event focusing on 24-hour cities and how cities plan and manage life at night.
In the same manner as the day time economy, the night time economy (NTE) requires management policies and structures. It is about those who like to go out as much as those who want to sleep. The NTE is a powerful tool to increase a city’s attractiveness, to develop its cultural offer and to create jobs. As it brings about cross-cutting challenges that are deeply relevant to major European cities, it is an urban policy that can only be addressed by adopting an integrated approach.
“We are calling on national governments and EU institutions to act with greater speed in tackling the climate emergency.” This is in substance what the mayors of the 28 EU capital cities - home to 40 million people - expressed in a joint declaration adopted in London, on 25 June 2019.
A significant part of the field of urban innovation focuses on the potential of technology to solve city problems. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the world of smart cities.
A dominant smart city narrative goes something like this: Today we are lucky to live at a time when a number of game-changing new technologies have reached a state of maturity. We have smartphones, apps, cloud computing, big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and blockchain. If we can just get the right technologies embedded in our cities, we can make them better, more efficient and sustainable places to live, work, and visit.https://meetingoftheminds.org/technology-can-do-much-more-than-optimize-cities-30647
A two-week campaign to promote international cooperation between cities and regions across the world.
PLATFORMA and its partners invite European local and regional elected officials to raise awareness about their international cooperation actions.
International cooperation between cities and regions creates a unique political, cultural and societal bond that stands as an example of solidarity and respect. It connects us with other communities in the world.
With the title ‘Quality of life. Projects for a better city’, the MUF2019 is dedicated to the presentations and discussion of the initiatives and megaprojects that are launched by city administrations, business, citizens and are aimed at balanced and sustainable urban development.
In celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity, CitiesWithNature - a global knowledge sharing platform launched by ICLEI, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy - has a new tool to help integrate nature into cities. The Nature Pathway on CitiesWithNature is a collection of guidance, tools and inspirational examples that help local and regional governments to share their work on nature and learn about best practices and tools.
Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming.
Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers.
Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over time could end up having a significant ripple effect on the economy, and we should pay close attention to such trends.
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